21 Healthy Things to Do This Week

Including glow-in-the-dark fitness, lots of costumed events, and more.

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Costumed 5k, Paint Your Practice, and Bend and Brew/Photos provided

Monday, October 24

West Suburban YMCA Open House: See what the YMCA has to offer at the Newton branch’s free open house.

Free, all day. West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church St., Newton, wsymca.org.

Dance Complex Open House: Find your rhythm this week at one of the many free dance classes offered at Dance Complex. Options include Argentine Tango, Samba, and belly dancing.

Free, 10/24-10/30. The Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

Paint Your Practice

Paint Your Practice/Photo provided

Tuesday, October 25

Footwear Prescription: If you’re injured or an injury-prone runner, maybe it’s time for some new shoes. Marathon Sports will fit and size you to ensure you have the best gear for your gait.

Free, 5 p.m. Marathon Sports, 1654 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

Upstage Lung Cancer: Get jazzed about music for a cause at this Ella Fitzgerald-themed concert, which helps raise money for research, early detection, and diagnosis of lung cancer.

$42+, 7:30 p.m. The Charles Mosesian Theater, 312 Arsenal St., Watertown, upstagelungcancer.org.


Paint Your Practice: Artists, yogis, and everyone in between will love this event. You’ll flow through a yoga sequence while equipped with paint, and leave with a zen attitude and some new artwork.

Free, 9 p.m. Out of the Blue Gallery, 541 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, October 26

The Kind Environment: Citizens for Farm Animal Protection will discuss how farm animal cruelty affects what we eat, and what Question 3 means for animals. Plus, you can enjoy vegan treats from Fomu.

$10, 6 p.m. Marlo Marketing, 38 Chancy St. Floor 3, Boston, eventbrite.com.

Boston Social Athletes: If you’re looking to expand your social circle, try this event. You can connect with other athletes in the Boston area and crack open a few cold ones.

Free, 6 p.m. Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 1230 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

Halloween Costume Flow: Hold a downward dog dressed as a dog—or a skeleton, ghost, or witch—at this costumed yoga class. After an hour of all-levels vinyasa, enjoy a spooky cocktail.

$30, 7 p.m. Beacon Hill Yoga, 57 Phillips St., Boston, mindbodyonline.com.

Yoga on the Rocks: Proceeds and 20 percent of in-store sales from this event go toward the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Feel good while you stretch and shop.

$20, 7 p.m. Janji, 328 Newbury St., Boston, movewith.com.

Thursday, October 27

Style Your Story for Key to the Cure:  Saks Fifth Avenue and Friends of Dana-Farber are partnering to bring you a night of fashion and fun. Enjoy a pre-show cocktail hour, then a runway show. Plus, 2 percent of all clothing sales from October 27 through 30 will benefit the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber.

Tickets start at $125, 6 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue, 800 Boylston St., Boston, dana-farber.org.

Ready, Set, Glow: First, gear up with glow-in-the-dark painting and t-shirt decorating. Then, clip in and sweat it out in the dark at the Handle Bar. 

$35, 7 p.m. The Handle Bar, 1030 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, handlebarcycling.com.

Friday, October 28

Glow-in-the-Dark Fencing: Need to channel your inner swashbuckler? Come dressed in costume (with sneakers and long pants) for a night of sparring under a blacklight. Kids and beginners are welcome.

$20, 6 p.m. Boston Fencing Club, 100 Holton St., Boston, facebook.com.

Costume Dash/Photo provided.

Costume Dash/Photo provided.

Saturday, October 29

Costume Dash: Sure, you’ll look silly. But running this 5K in your Halloween costume benefits the American Cancer Society. Plus, there’s a post-race after party on the Common, complete with a costume contest. After that, there’ll be a Harpoon Brewery-sponsored pub crawl.

$45, 9 a.m. Copley Square, Boston, costumedash.com.

Pirates Treasure Run: Hunt for treasure during this five-mile run through the Lynn woods, sponsored by the Boston Road Runners.

$28+, 9 a.m. Great Woods Rd., Lynn, bostonroadrunners.org.

Boss Chick Dance Workout: Calling all ladies. This women-only class will have you shaking your tail feather in a high-intensity cardio dance workout. Costumes are encouraged.

$20+, 10 a.m. The Z Spot, 181 Mass. Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Halloween Beer Dash: Don your costume and head to Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap for a low-key workout. Prizes will be given out for best costume, and you’ll be the first to try the new lineup from Mighty Squirrel, a Boston-based beer company.

Free, 11:30 a.m. Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap, 329 Huntington Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.

A Bend and Brew event at Lookout Farm/Photo provided

A Bend and Brew event at Lookout Farm/Photo provided

Sunday, October 30

Howling Wolf Half Marathon: After you run this half marathon, you’ll get free admission to Stone Zoo. You can show off your finisher medal at a post-race party with a variety of craft beers.

$52, 8 a.m. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham, racemenu.com.

Bill’s 5k: After this quick run to support the Travis Roy Foundation, an organization that aims to enhance the lives of those with spinal cord injuries, enjoy a pizza party with live music. There are Spooky Sprints for kids, with quarter- and half-mile distances.

$25, 9 a.m. Mason Rice Elementary School, 149 Pleasant Street, Newton, bills5k.com.

Bend and Brew: Enjoy an hour-long, all-levels vinyasa class, then try some cider. You bring the yoga mat, they bring the bends and brews. Sounds like a good deal to us.

$25+, 10 a.m. Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St. South, Natick, eventbrite.com.

Costume Yoga-lates: Get dolled up in your costume for this yoga-Pilates class. Afterward, decorate pumpkins, participate in a costume contest, and enter a raffle. To register, donate to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation beforehand, here, and print out your confirmation.

$5 for children, $10 for adults, 12 p.m. Franklin Square Park, 1536 Washington St., Boston, thebostoncalendar.com.

Spin4 Crohn’s and Colitis: Party while you pedal at this day of fun. Grab three friends and make a team to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

$40 per team, 2 p.m. Everybody Fights, 15 Channel Center St., Boston, ccfa.org.